Kerala CM writes to PM Modi, opposes decision to hand over Trivandrum airport to private bidder

Kerala CM writes to PM Modi, opposes decision to hand over Trivandrum airport to private bidder


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Kocchi, Aug 19: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, opposing the Union Cupboard’s approval at hand over Trivandrum Worldwide Airport to a non-public bidder.

“In view of the unilateral determination taken by the Authorities of India with out giving credence to the cogent arguments put ahead by the State authorities, it is going to be tough for us to supply co-operation to the implementation of the choice, which is towards the desires of the folks of the State,” Vijayan mentioned in a letter to Modi.

Pinarayi Vijayan

“I request your good self to intervene at this stage in order that the choice taken now could be reconsidered,”Vijayan mentioned. He identified that the choice was taken “ignoring the repeated requests” of the state authorities to entrust the administration of the airport with the particular goal car (SPV) “during which state authorities is the key stakeholder”.

The chief minister mentioned the Civil Aviation Ministry had in 2003 gave an assurance that as and when the induction of a non-public participant was thought of, the Centre would issue within the state authorities’s contribution to the event of the airport.

Cupboard on Wednesday permitted the proposal for leasing out airports at Jaipur, Guwahati and Thiruvananthapuram by public-private partnership (PPP).

Adani Enterprises had gained the rights to run six airports — Lucknow, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Mangaluru, Thiruvananthapuram and Guwahati by the PPP mannequin after a aggressive bidding course of final February.

In July 2019, the Union Cupboard had permitted the proposal for leasing out the opposite three airports Ahmedabad, Mangaluru and Lucknow Adani Enterprises.

At a press convention on Wednesday, Union Atmosphere Minister Prakash Javadekar mentioned the Cupboard has permitted the proposal for leasing out Jaipur, Guwahati, Thiruvananthapuram airports by the PPP mannequin. At present, the six airports are owned and managed by the government-run Airports Authority of India (AAI).

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Eight months after the Cupboard approval, Adani Enterprises signed the concessionaire settlement with the AAI on February 14 this yr for operation, administration and improvement of airports at Ahmedabad, Mangaluru and Lucknow.

In June this yr, the AAI gave three more months to the Ahmedabad-based firm to take over the administration of those three airports because of the COVID-19 state of affairs. This implies the deadline for take over has been pushed from August 12 to November 12.

Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri had on Tuesday mentioned that the Ministry of Civil Aviation would place a proposal for “privatisation” of airports earlier than the Union Cupboard on Wednesday.


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